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Poster: fenario80 Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with Cliff Hucker?

We have been tapping Sugar Maple Trees at The University of Cincinnati Clermont College since 1974. We have a long standing tradition of serving it up to the College Community at an Annual Waffle Breakfast. Here is an introduction to the subject with pictures of the initial steps of tapping the tree (below). Tapping should be done done in mid to late winter (Nights in the 20s and days sunny and in the 40s (Fahrenheit)

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 2, 2009 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with Cliff Hucker?

I don't know much about tapping a sugar maple, but I'd love to tap Sugar Magnolia.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with Cliff Hucker?

I was always under the impression that Maple sap ran in the spring?

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with Cliff Hucker?

"Each year, the New Hampshire maple industry produces close to 90,000 gallons of maple syrup. Maple sugaring time in New Hampshire runs from mid-February to mid-April.

As the frozen sap in the maple tree thaws, it begins to move and build up pressure within the tree. When the internal pressure reaches a certain point, sap will flow from any fresh wound in the tree. Freezing nights and warm sunny days create the pressure needed for a good sap Harvest.

In late February, New Hampshire maple producers tap their sugar maples by drilling a small hole in the trunk and inserting a spout. A bucket or plastic tubing is fastened to the spout and the crystal clear sap drips from the tree. It is then collected and transported to the sugar house where it is boiled down in an evaporator over a blazing hot fire. As the steam rises from the evaporator pans, the sap becomes more concentrated until it finally reaches the proper density to be classified as syrup. It is then drawn from the evaporator, filtered, graded and bottled. It takes approximately forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.

Maple syrup is made in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada, and the maple season usually lasts 4-6 weeks. The days and length of the sap runs depend entirely on the weather.

We hope you will visit a sugar house during the maple season and learn for yourself just how this ancient tradition is carried on. New Hampshire's maple producers take great pride in the high quality of their maple products."

Eh, why not, this forum isn't edited for length.
Hi there, Hippie64!

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - Apple Butter anyone ?

There is a Sugar House just down the road from me here (north-central Oh) unfortunetly I haven't seen the steam rise from it's rooftop in a few years now, like everything else around here it seems to be a dying art. At least you can count on the Amish to produce a small (and expensive) batch of yummy Maple syrup.
Here in my neck of the woods its time for DEE-licous fresh Apple Butter, which reminds me is that the dinner bell I hear? Peace to all and I hope everyone can put there differences aside and celebrae this wonderful unique band The Grateful Dead. Love and Peace

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with Cliff Hucker?

Might I suggest Whipperwill Farms outside Keene, NH? Might fine maple syrup I used to travel with on the road. No Aunt Jemima's syrup water for my pancakes!

...Hey, is that a waffle house up ahead? Scattered, smothered, and covered.

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with Cliff Hucker?

Hey, arriving in Santa Cruz on my first pilgrimage to CA in ’85, we were camping out and for our first breakfast I made us all pancakes. The gang thought I was nuts, but their resulting pleasure was not long in coming. Don’t recall what we used for syrup then, but I am quite spoiled today here in New England. Sweet and soothing - like that band we all return to talk about when the waters get murky.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Let's get to the core of the issue - What exactly is the problem with talking about the music?

Just by way of opening a musical dialogue I'm going to take issue with that suggestion that its 'sweet and soothing' Dead that brings us back. I don't listen to the Dead to be soothed - I listen to be exalted by a beautiful Stella Blue, to be made ecstatic by a thunderous testosterone-driven Eleven, to be disconcerted by a sorcerous Dark Star, thrilled by a murderous Jack Straw and energised by a super-charged Scarlet/Fire.

'Sweet and soothing'? Frankly, just about the last thing I think about in relation to the Grateful Dead.

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 2, 2009 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: no problem at all

sorry to hear that.
just trying some word play, and sweet and soothing is there if you really want to find it. I know I do.


This post was modified by vapors on 2009-12-03 00:16:33

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no problem at all

vapors - don't take me wrong. I wasn't having a go at you personally or what you take from the music - just trying to get back to talking about music generally. I like word play as well as, if not better than, your average poster. I tried to open a discussion - you blanked me. Everybody's looking for the hidden knife these days.

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 2, 2009 4:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no problem at all

No sir, please. No knife here; just been searching for a proper musical link to plead my case. But back here to you sooner than that; my bad in my haste : All Hail to those keeping this place kind.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Dec 2, 2009 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no problem at all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obzg02_T3sA

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no problem at all

ok, my friend - your link could well be my morning reading as it's heading towards 1 am in these parts and I guess I'm not much longer for this place.